Man arrested, accused of kidnapping woman and keeping her chained in basement

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Maurice Nelson

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– An Indianapolis man accused of keeping a woman chained up as a prisoner for days has been arrested, police say.

Marion County Sheriff’s deputies took Maurice Nelson, 28, into custody Thursday morning. He’s accused of kidnapping and raping a woman at a home in the 4500 block of Norwaldo Avenue on the north side.

A neighbor called police around 6:20 p.m. on July 14 after hearing the woman screaming. Police forced their way into the home and found the nude woman handcuffed in the basement. She was in shackles and had a chain with a padlock around her neck. Other chains bolted her to the floor and a pole, police said.

The woman told police she met Nelson in person after speaking with him on a chat line. He picked her up at a hotel and she got into his car. She said they started having sex at his home when Nelson sprayed her with pepper spray.

He then overpowered and handcuffed her, forcing her into the basement. She told investigators he claimed to be a police officer and pretended he was talking into a police radio. After chaining her up, she said Nelson beat her with a baton and raped her.

According to court documents, the victim said Nelson told her he didn’t like her hair, so he pulled her hair out with his hands and cut it with scissors.

The woman said Nelson told her she would be there for years and she would have his babies, threatening to kill the boys and leaving the girls for her to raise. He threatened to cut her teeth out if she bit him and to cut off her fingers if she scratched him.

The victim told officers Nelson stated he was going to find more females during Black Expo and bring them back to his house.

He faces preliminary charges of rape, criminal confinement, battery by means of a deadly weapon, intimidation, battery resulting in bodily injury, interference with the reporting of a crime and battery by bodily waste.

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